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Archaelogy course offers deep dive into building studies

Foto curs arqueologicThis Friday and Saturday, Formentera will be the site of a course on archaeological methodology and buildings. The classes are geared mainly for archaeologists, historians and architects of both general and technical expertise whose work involves constructions of noted cultural or historic value.

Organised jointly between the Formentera Council's patrimony department and the archaeology section of the Balearic Islands' college of doctors and bachelors of philosophy and sciences, the course offers a look at archaeological methodology as applied to buildings (often referred to as “vertical archaeology”). Ten hours of course time are spread across theory-based and practical sessions on how to apply archaeological methodology when looking at sequencing in construction projects.

The classes will unfold in the conference hall of the Council's department of culture and patrimony. Pursuant to Formentera's strategy on land use, the local code of minimum standards, and the island's catalogue of cultural heritage sites, instructors Camilla Mileto of the Universitat Politècnica de València and Josep M Vila of Barcelona's Universitat Autònoma will aim to highlight the criteria and work habits that ultimately make for higher standards in the historical and archaeological studies the Council commissions.

Honourees announced in Beni Trutmann contest's 16th edition

1er premi fotodenuncia 2018Submissions to the sixteenth Beni Trutmann photo contest form the basis of a show that opened Monday in Sant Francesc's municipal exhibition space. Winners were also honoured at the show's Sala d'Exposicions vernissage. The selection of photos remains on display weekdays, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, through May 12.

Since its genesis, the contest named for Beni Trutmann has covered island nature in all its forms—landscapes, flora and fauna, and humans' interaction with the natural world. In the 16 years since the competition was created as a way to pay tribute to the photographer who left the island with a legacy of over thirty thousand photos, it has become increasingly difficult to imagine local photography without also evoking the contest itself.

Twenty-six local photographers took part in this year's competition. Aside from the classic categories of Black and White and Colour, some of the contestants' 76 submitted prints were featured in an altogether new category —Fotodenúncia—for politically-charged work in service of social or environmental justice. No fewer than 54 youth aged 12 to 18 submitted photos (a total of 125 of them) to the Smart phone category. A panel of judges unanimously picked the following winners.

Winners – Colour

First prize: Jaime Franch Rojo - 500 euros
Second prize: Wolfgang Wicher - 300 euros
Third prize: Joan Ribas Ferrer - 200 euros

Winners – Black and White

First prize: Iria Sánchez Rodríguez - 500 euros
Second prize: Maurizio Lamberti - 300 euros
Third prize: Josep López Vañó - 200 euros

Winner – Fotodenúncia

First prize: Juan Juan Juan - 500 euros

Winners – Smart phone

First prize: Natalia González Lacasa    (Polaroid SNAP instant camera)
Second prize: Ainoa Bolívar Rescalvo    (Polaroid Cube action camera)
Third prize: Joao Gonçalves Rouanet    (Polaroid IF045 sport camera)

Culture secretary Susana Labrador extended her thanks to everyone who presented submissions as well as the panelists enlisted to pick this year's winners—“no easy task”, she confided.

Teams begin third phase of push to map Formentera's subaquatic surroundings

foto boatPatrimony and environment department officials in the Formentera Council report that this week operations are under way in the third phase of a project to map Formentera's surrounding waters from below. The effort entails sidescan sonar-powered prospections of the stretch of seaboard from cala Saona to es Cap de Barbaria lighthouse.

Statutory report requirements meant a prolonged permit process and the start date, initially planned for December 2017, was pushed back to April. The Council's governing committee OK'd the campaign and the accompanying “archaeological prospection” after

The campaign and accompanying archaeological probe were rubber-stamped January 22 by the Council's governing committee after having received a favourable ruling, last November 17, of the archaeological committee reviewing the case.

Formentera's underwater archaeological map, or Carta arqueològica subaquàtica, is a project of the Balearic institute for the study of marine archaeology (IBEAM) and the Formentera Council. The document is considered a key part of Formentera's 2017-2019 strategy for sensible management of the island's cultural patrimony.

IBEAM project director Javier Rodríguez Pandozi highlighted fifteen areas of interest the current push had turned up some fifteen areas of interest and said a fourth effort, forecasted for October, is aimed at a more in-depth study of nearby ruins.

In the words of patrimony secretary Susana Labrador, once the five parts of the campaign are complete, the resulting map will be a “valuable tool” for the Council, providing “location information and descriptions of the heritage sites at sea around Formentera”. Most important, however, are the Council's plans for how that information will be used—“to guarantee sound management and ensure the sites are protected”.

Help pinpointing heritage sites
The completed map will be owned by the Formentera Council. However, to safeguard sites against plundering, its consultation will be limited to specialists.

The heads of the research effort asked Formentera residents in general and fishermen in particular to cooperate in protecting sunken archaeological ruins by reporting any found objects to the Council's patrimony office or the GEAS arm of the Guardia Civil.

Music and literature hold spotlight as Formentera celebrates Sant Jordi

Foto Joan miquel oliverFormentera's department of culture, education and patrimony report on the start, this weekend, of some of the key events in this year's Diada de Sant Jordi programme. The day itself is Monday, April 23.

Saturday of Sant Jordi concerts: band roundup and Joan Miquel Oliver

Eivissa's parochial youth band, a group of senior musicians from València known as Unió Musical, and Formentera's own musical group will congregate in plaça de la Constitució this Saturday at 5.30pm.

Then at 8.00pm in jardí de ses Eres, former Antònia Font singer Joan Miquel Oliver will present his latest release, an album the singer-songwriter titled Atlantis.

At the musical roundup, the musicians from Eivissa will perform two crowd favourites: Malson abans de Nadal and Cartoon Symphony. The selection presents a smattering of sounds plucked from cartoons like "The Simpsons", "The Pink Panther" and "The Flintstones".

Unió Musical turn to hometown composers to serve as the through line of their performance. They will wrap up their portion of the concert by débuting an original composition by band leader Joaquin Estal.

Training their focus on pieces composed specially for bands, Formentera's music group will offer a diverse assortment of contemporary pop offerings like the Beatles.

The concert will close with a three-band performance of Aires Formenterencs' song “Visc a Formentera”.

When the bands exit the stage, it will be the turn of Majorcan singer and former Antònia Font guitarist/songwriter Joan Miquel Oliver to take over. Oliver will present his new album, Atlantis, which is a stylistic hold-over from his previous effort, Pegasus. In this more polished, revved-up album, Oliver broadens his scope to include everything from antifolk to electro, funk to rumba, pure pop to absolutely anything else audiences can imagine.

Diada de Sant Jordi

In Sant Francesc, book stands will be set up in plaça de la Constitució by numerous cultural groups on the island. Literature lovers can hawk their used favourites for books recently taken out of circulation by the local library. One new stand will focus on all the publications in which the Formentera Council has collaborated, like Artur Portes and Vicent Ferrer's recently re-released La Cuina de Formentera, the Martí Serra Rivera-penned La segona república a Formentera 1931-1936 (published by Editorial Mediterrània Eivissa) and the Formentera-themed 79th issue of Randa magazine.

One classic component of the Sant Jordi festivities is the award ceremonies, of the Antoni Tur “Gabrielet” bookmark contest and the Robert Lewis Baldon young writers competition. As the two contests turn 19, and in recognition of 2018's designation as European Year of Cultural Heritage, this year's young authors wrote about Formentera and its cultural heritage.

The awards ceremonies, which begin at 5.30pm in the cinema, will include entertainment by artists Ruth Delgado and Nacho Rivas and Improibiza.

Trasmapi and the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics' Talent IB programme collaborate in celebrating Sant Jordi day.

Collective Signatures hits Formentera

Exposicio collective signatureFormentera's departments of culture, education and patrimony are backing Collective Signatures, a cultural initiative with the subtitle Letters from Formentera.

Collective Signatures and the “itinerant residency” it proposes artists and curators descend on Formentera for two weeks from April 11. Devised as a way to promote reflection on the cultural questions facing contemporary society, the programme is also aimed at encouraging the individuals who decide to write and create art, alone or as part of a group and in ways that are creative or experimental.

Participants in the geographically-themed and concept-driven project will be tasked with shaping a new, unique and creative map of Formentera and producing a genre-spanning body of text focussed on the island.

Pooling experience
On Friday, April 20, at 10.30pm, a final evening of readings and performance will take place at Sa Panxa, giving participants the opportunity to share lessons and reflections arising from the residency.

One final undertaking involves sharing some of the texts and audiovisual materials produced over the course of the project. The accompanying material will serve as the basis for a range of print and online publications, exhibitions and academic research projects which are on the horizon.

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